“Wild” Author Cheryl Strayed Talks Vulnerability

“…She was really brave and raw and both emotionally naked and physically naked in ways that she’d never quite been before…So much of, for me, writing ‘Wild’ was about being fearless. Not just on the hike but in writing the book. Being fearless about what truth looks like and showing not just the positive parts of myself but also the negative things, writing about some regrets I have some things..the wiser, older self would do differently and not feeling apologetic about any of the life that I lived and I trusted that and the reward was that so many readers came to me and said ‘Thank you, because you told my story.’ So I talked to Reese about that. I do think that when we’re brave in the direction of vulnerability that people respond to that powerfully.”

In anticipation of this week’s release of the film version of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild [I SAW IT LAST NIGHT AND BAWLED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH — AMAZING.– AMELIA] Strayed and actress Laura Dern, who plays Strayed’s mother in the film, sat down to chat on HuffPost Live. Reese Witherspoon plays Strayed onscreen, and when Strayed was asked about Witherspoon’s nudity in the film, the interviewer got a much more emotional answer than he was probably bargaining for. I think most fans of Wild would agree that the honesty in the book, even when it comes to less than proud moments, is what makes it so powerful and relatable. Dern described Strayed’s presence on set as a magic factor that allowed the “Wild” actors to feel uninhibited in their work: “to be in the presence of someone who relieves us all of shame by your fearlessness and being your authentic self, it frees us of everything.” The full interview, available here, is totally worth a watch. [HuffPost] [Image via AKM-GSI]